It was hard to watch the 3rd round Internazionali BNL d'Italia match between Svetlana Kuznetsova and Flavia Pennetta because it was a stunning display of errors, interrupted occasionally by brilliant shot-making from both players. Kuznetsova created a total of 22 break point opportunities, yet converted only five of them. The match became Flavia Pennetta's to lose, and she indeed found a way to lose it.
Kuznetsova took the first set 6-3, Pennetta took the second, 6-3, and then--just when she could have taken advantage of Kuznetsova's errant ball-striking--she once again faded away in the third set, just as she did in Stuttgart against Dinara Safina. Pennetta failed to win a game in the third set--just like in Stuttgart.
Defending champion Jelena Jankovic had an easy time of it when her opponent, Kateryna Bondarenko, had to retire because of a viral illness. Victoria Azarenka defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-2, and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez--not content to just take out Amelie Mauresmo and Marion Bartoli--defeated Nadia Petrova, 6-4, 6-7, 6-4.
Ana Ivanovic is out, defeated 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 by Agnieszka Radwanska. Radwanska was down 0-4 in the third set, by the way. Patty Schnyder's glory was short-lived: Kaia Kanepi defeated her 6-3, 6-0. Getting off the cold, wet court at 1 a.m. didn't help the 30-year-old Schnyder, nor is this the first time she has lost a match right after posting a major win. Schnyder is now 0-3 against Kanepi.
Finally, top seed Dinara Safina defeated Zheng Jie the hard way, which is to say--the Safina way.